Michigan Warriors

The Michigan Warriors were a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team based in Flint, Michigan. The Warriors played in the North American Hockey League's North Division. Previously known as the Marquette Rangers, the Warriors played their home games at Perani Arena and Event Center.

Michigan Warriors
CityFlint, Michigan
LeagueNAHL
DivisionNorth
Founded2006
Operated2010–2015
Home arenaPerani Arena and Event Center
ColorsNavy Blue, Red, Silver, & White
                   
General managerJeremy Torrey (Director of Operations)
Head coachvacant
Franchise history
2006–2010Marquette Rangers
2010–2015Michigan Warriors

Despite not being a continuation of the Generals franchise, the Warriors represent a continuation of Flint's rich hockey tradition. Perani Arena decided to go with a lease agreement with the new Michigan Warriors instead of the Flint Generals, leaving only junior hockey in a town that once held professional championships with a pro team. Had the Generals returned for 2010–11, the Warriors would have still remained, making sure their home schedule had no conflicts with the Generals. In 2015 the Michigan Warriors suspended operations because of the arrival of the flint firebirds of the ohl .

Franchise history

The Warriors were previously known as the Marquette Rangers. The team played out of the 3,100-seat Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Michigan. Their inaugural season was the 2006–07 season in which they were able to make the playoffs, but fell to the Mahoning Valley Phantoms in the first round. The Rangers missed the playoffs for the next two seasons before returning to playoff action 2009–10 season. Once more the Rangers fell in the first round, this time swept out in three games by the Motor City Machine. In their first season in Flint, the Warriors turned a 3rd place regular season finish into a playoff run that took them to the league championship game. In a battle for their respective first league title the Warriors dropped a 4–2 decision to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Prior to the end of the 2014–15 season the (OHL) announced the relocation of the Plymouth Whalers to Flint to become the Flint Firebirds. Knowing Flint could not support two junior teams at the same time, the Warriors looked for relocation alternatives.

Season records

SeasonGPWLOTLPTSGFGAPIMFinishPlayoffs
Marquette Rangers
2006–076225325551892271,8324th, Northlost in 1st Round
2007–085826293551862169956th, Northdid not qualify
2008–095826248601651701,0245th, Northdid not qualify
2009–105835221711861541,0431st, Northlost in 1st Round
Michigan Warriors
2010–115835176762021418993rd, Northlost in Final
2011–126023325521632127664th, Northlost in 1st Round
2012–136019329471361778558th, Northdid not qualify
2013–14603020107017817311282nd, Northlost in Semi-Final
2014–156025269591481839944th, Northlost in First Round

Playoffs

  • 2007
First Round - Mahoning Valley Phantoms defeated Marquette Rangers 3-games-to-0
  • 2010
First Round - Motor City Machine defeated Marquette Rangers 3-games-to-0
  • 2011
Divisional Semi-Finals - Michigan Warriors defeated Traverse City North Stars 3-games-to-1
Divisional Finals - Michigan Warriors defeated Bismarck Bobcats 2-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Round Robin - Michigan Warriors 1 win 2 loss qualify for semi-finals (Bulls 2-5, Ice Dogs 2-4, RoadRunners 5-2)
Robertson Cup Semi-Finals - Michigan Warriors defeated Amarillo Bulls 6-2 score
Robertson Cup Finals - Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Michigan Warriors 4-2 score
  • 2012
Divisional Semi-Finals - Port Huron Fighting Falcons defeated Michigan Warriors 3-games-to-1
  • 2014
Divisional Semi-Finals - Michigan Warriors defeated Janesville Jets 3-games-to-0
Divisional Finals - Michigan Warriors defeated Port Huron Fighting Falcons 3-games-to-1
Robertson Cup Semi-Finals - Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Michigan Warriors 2-games-to-0
  • 2015
First Round - Janesville Jets defeated Michigan Warriors 3-games-to-0
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